If you have been on campus or looked at the Aston website anytime in the past year, you might have noticed this logo…

But what does it mean? How does it affect the uni? Let’s investigate… 

What is TEF?

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) judges universities based on their teaching ability, drop out rate and academic support rather than other elements which don’t affect students as much such as research.

Each university which participates is ranked like the Olympics – Bronze, Silver and Gold (with Gold being the best of course).

Gold is always best 🏅

Won’t most unis get gold?

Nope. 🙅‍♂️

Around 25% of universities received Gold in 2017 with most receiving Silver, meaning it isn’t so easy to get that Gold rating. If you’re an Aston student, it just confirms that we’re a good uni. 😉

Why should I care? 🤷‍♀️

If you’re a student looking to join a university, it could help your decision-making! 🤔

While you shouldn’t just compare the TEF rankings of different universities, it makes you think why a certain university is Gold and another university you’re interested in is Silver. 🏆

You should always take into consideration the course, location, fees, accommodation, and more! Each university is completely different so make sure it is right for you (and don’t just go off the rating). 

But then again, a Gold uni sounds better than a Silver one. 🥇

If you want to see the full results table, you can check it out here.